I have the pixma ip5300 printer and I need to determine ink levels
I love this printer. It has six ink cartridges. After many printings on printable cds, one finally came out with the colors washed out. Do I have to replace all the ink cartridges at the same time, or can I replace only the ones that are low?
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Word to the wise, NEVER EVER use refilled or non OEM cartridges in any printer! They can do serious damage and you end up buying a whole new printer by trying to save a few bucks on the front end. I used to work for a national chain where we pushed our own after market cartridges. Even at that time I knew what headaches and heartaches it caused. I still directed people pass our own company cartridges straight to HP, Canon, Lexmark, or whomever. Try buying a Canon cartridge and hopefully this will fix it.
You can't reset the ink level on all Canon Pixma printers.You need to turn off the function on printer to show the ink level.On your printer this happen with push consistently buttons for black copy (for turn off level on black cartridge) and color copy (for turn off level in color cartridge). The printer shows empty cartridges but it will printing.
You can't reset the ink level on all Canon Pixma printers.You need to turn off the function on printer to show the ink level.On most printers this happen with push resume button and hold it for 5 seconds. The printer shows empty cartridges but it will printing.
I can suggest you one thing. If you can't do it yourself, get a friend who can.
Make a small hole (using a drill) in a new cartridge. This hole should directly go to the ink cartridge. (Make sure you don't spill ink everywhere!)
Make a similar hole in the old cartridge.
Take a syringe and pull out some ink from the new cartridge.
Put it into the old cartridge.
If you can see the ink level, fill about half of the old cartridge this way.
Close both holes.
Now use the old cartridge in the printer!
(You can repeat this process whenever the old cartridge runs out of ink).
This may sound crazy but I had a friend call me and said he couldn't get his empty ink cartridge out of his ip3500. Same problem I think. First you probably did this but wont hurt to ask. Did you lift the top deck cover up, then where the word CANON on the front panel is, did you open that by pulling it toward you. All this has to be done with the power on so the Ink holder can cycle to the center, so you can easily remove an ink cartridge. Hope this helps. Bud